GRASSTOWNE, “Kickin’ Up Dust,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.
Grasstowne became an instant supergroup when it burst on the bluegrass scene in 2007 with “The Road Headin’ Home,” a strong debut album that sent a single — “Dixie Flyer” — to the top of Bluegrass Unlimited’s charts for three consecutive months.
Its three leaders were established stars in their own rights.
Phil Leadbetter, one of the top resonator guitarists in bluegrass, had spent years with J.D. Crowe’s New South and then Wildfire.
Steve Gulley made his mark with Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver and then became a founding member of Mountain Heart.
And Alan Bibey built his reputation with IIIrd Tyme Out and Blueridge before becoming a founding member of Grasstowne.
Last year, Leadbetter left Grasstowne to join The Whites.
But aside from the absence of Leadbetter’s resonator guitar, Grasstowne still sounds the same since Gulley and Bibey are still alternating singing lead.
Both are good songwriters and between them they contributed five songs to “Kickin’ Up Dust.”
Bibey wrote “Up In The Wheelhouse,” an uptempo instrumental, and collaborated with Gulley on “Run,” a blazing tune about Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd and Molly & Tenbrooks; “Somewhere Between Givin’ In And Givin’ Up,” a midtempo song about a couple struggling with a relationship; “Anchor In The Storm,” an uptempo gospel number; and “Vicksburg,” a Civil War song.
Highlights include “Blue Rocking Chair,” an uptempo song about an old chair that’s seen a lot of family history; “I Don’t Worry About You Anymore,” a song about a cheating lover; “Our Father,” a great a capella gospel song; and the title cut, which is the album’s first single.
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